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India’s missing nukes panics world

India’s missing nukes panics world

he world’s biggest radioactive ‘event’ in four years may just get a whole lot bigger.

Three radioactive Cobalt-60 ‘pencils’ are understood to be missing at the Mayapuri junkyard, declared safe a few weeks ago. Worried scientists resumed their search for the new radiation sources on Friday.

Sources told HT the scientists realised after examining the remains of the irradiation machine from Delhi University — the Cobalt-60 source — that it had more of the radioactive isotope than earlier recovered.

The machine contains 54 slots for Cobalt pencils. While not all 54 slots are filled, such a machine usually has around seven pencils, sources said.

“The search and recovery team earlier found only four,” said a top official of the Department of Atomic Energy, on condition of anonymity.

One of the injured scrap-workers had even kept a pencil in his chest pocket, not realizing what it was, the official said. The resumed search is to “make sure no radioactivity remains in the area,” said Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) chairman S.S. Bajaj. “We have to ensure all the radioactive isotopes are in place,” he told HT.

What could be worrying, according to sources, is that Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) officials have discussed, internally, that there is little chance of finding the missing pencils.

“This means the Cobalt-60 pencils could be anywhere in the area, exposing unsuspecting people,” they said.

The AERB is being assisted by scientists from the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited in the investigation. The scientists have calculated that the missing pencils are still potent as DU miscalculated their shelf life while discarding them and ideally, they should be “dead” only around 2018. The radioactive trail led back to the central university on Friday as one AERB official went on a recce of the campus but fortunately found no alarming levels of radioactivity.

The radiation exposure, termed the world’s most serious since 2006 by the International Atomic Energy Agency, killed one scrap-worker and made seven others seriously ill.

Hindustan Times

Iran Begins Large-Scale War Games To Defend Nuclear Sites

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

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Iran has begun five days of large-scale war games to simulate attacks on its nuclear sites, officials said, warning it will retaliate if provoked.

The head of Iran’s air defence said the aim of the exercises was to thwart aerial reconnaissance and air attacks.

Another official warned Tehran would retaliate with a missile strike on Tel Aviv, if it was attacked by Israel.

Iran is under intense pressure over its nuclear programme, which critics say is intended to produce nuclear weapons.

The US and Israel have not ruled out the prospect of a military attack to prevent Iran developing nuclear bombs. Tehran insists its programme is peaceful.
IRAN’S NUCLEAR SITES

Map showing Iranian nuclear sites

Iran insists that all its nuclear facilities are for energy, not military purposes

Bushehr: Nuclear power plant

Isfahan: Uranium conversion plant

Natanz: Uranium enrichment plant, 4,592 working centrifuges, with 3,716 more installed

Second enrichment plant: Existence revealed to IAEA in Sept 2009. Separate reports say it is near Qom, and not yet operational

Arak: Heavy water plant

 

 

Annihilation warning

The head of Iran’s air defence, Brig Gen Ahmad Mighani, told state media the aim of the war games, which will cover an area of 600,000 sq km (230,000 sq miles), was “to display Iran’s combat readiness and military potentials.

“Due to the threats against our nuclear facilities it is our duty to defend our nation’s vital facilities,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mojhtaba Zolnoor, an aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned Iran would respond to any Israeli attack.

“If the enemy attacks Iran, our missiles will strike Tel Aviv,” he was quoted as saying by the official Irna news agency.

The commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards’ air force wing said Iran’s air defence forces would “annihilate” Israeli warplanes if they attacked.

“Their [Israeli] F-15 and F-16 fighters will be trapped by our air defence forces and will be annihilated,” Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran’s Fars news agency.

“Even if their planes escape and land at the bases from which they took off, their bases will be struck by our destructive surface-to-surface missiles.”

Deal in doubt

The exercises come as the UN Security Council’s permanent members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – plus Germany, urge Tehran to reconsider its rejection of a proposal that would see some of its nuclear material being enriched outside Iran and returned as fuel rods.

The deal – brokered by the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency – envisages Iran sending about 70% of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France, where it would be processed into fuel rods for a research reactor in Tehran.

Such a process would prevent Iran enriching uranium to the degree necessary to make a bomb, the UN says.

But Iran has rejected a key part of the deal, seeking further guarantees.

The UN Security Council has called on Iran to stop uranium enrichment and has approved three rounds of sanctions – covering trade in nuclear material, as well as financial and travel restrictions.

 

 

 

Ex-Intel officer discloses US plans for Pakistan

September 14, 2009 Leave a comment

By: Presstv

Pakistan’s former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Hamid Gul

The following is a transcript of a Press TV interview with Pakistan’s former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Hamid Gul.

Q: The US is planning to establish military bases inside Pakistan. Can you expand on that?

A:They are expanding the embassy and they are bringing in security staff, in the garb of security staff which is not according to the diplomatic norms. And I think the Chinese are objected to that. The Chinese ambassador held a press conference here in Islamabad about a week or ten days ago and he said that, for instance, this is infringement of Pakistan’s sovereignty and secondly that we have also struck at expansion of embassy but we trust Pakistan’s security apparatus to look after us and why are the Americans are doing that. So I think this is a quite big indicator that the Chinese are concerned about our security and so should be everybody else because we know that these security contractors which are being brought like the old Blackwater now under the name of, the new name of Xe and there is the Extreme Dynamic company and there are several others. They are recruiting people from here at very high wages. They are mostly the ex-servicemen, ex-Army officers and men. And besides we think that there are special forces who operate into the garb of locals but basically are American agents and it is a cross mix of the CIA which is known as Delta Force, which is the Marines and the Navy Seals and the Orange Force, which means the Orange Force are actually the hired killers. They are either recruited locally or from abroad or brought in from America and they speak the local lingo. They wear the same dress. And they sort of grow beard, etc. So this is a very dangerous move they are making. So that is the basis on which I said. Besides, I have feared that the new policy which Obama will probably announce in March next year as they have already said so. That is going to be taking bases on long leases in Afghanistan because of the weak Karzai government which is likely to emerge after the announcement of the polling results. And secondly, they are making a tremendous investment in Afghanistan. They are bringing in troops again as security guards but really they are the hardened, trained military men. There are already three thousand five hundred of them and one thousand more are coming. So slowly and gradually, the Indians are moving into this area. The same model is going to be, I think, applied rather at a limited scale in Pakistan because of these security arrangements they are making. They have an excuse. They are trying to create an excuse. They have announced for Pakistan over a period of five years 7.5 billion dollars that is 1.5 billion dollars per year and so far for this year they have disbursed only 174 million dollars which is nothing to the government. There is still the money they are making it quite open that it is going to be spent directly by the Americans in Pakistan in various areas. So they are going to set up a large intelligence network inside Pakistan. And for that the excuse is that because we are spending this money directly on projects, therefore we need the security guards and we are bringing in the contractors. But in reality, what I fear is that, they really want to go for Pakistan’s nuclear assets. They are inching close to those nuclear assets day by day. They are getting very close and I am sure they are, because of their intelligence tentacles there, they are trying to gather information so that whatever surgical operation they have to carry out against our nuclear assets in connivance with Israel and India those will be totally taken out and nothing will be left in the hands of Pakistan. And there is plenty of evidence to suggest this because they have been saying in the past that the end game of war against terrorism is going to be in Pakistan. And that is what disturbs us the most because now they are saying that Taliban are in control of 80 percent of Afghanistan and that al-Qaeda is no longer present in Afghanistan but that a large number of al-Qaeda people are present inside Pakistan and if we think that they are there then we have a right to strike them and we will. That is what the last statement, a very categorical statement made by Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen that was very alarming because he very categorically said that if they find that there are targets inside Pakistan, al-Qaeda targets, then we will strike them. So it is a preparation which is being made. A psychological conditioning which is being done of the international communities, the real powers as well as the Pakistani nation and the Pakistani government.

Q:Do you think the Americans are trying to disintegrate Pakistan through this process?

A:I know the Indians are playing games inside Baluchistan. They are trying to create subversion and acts of sabotage are occurring every day. And they are trying to destabilize Pakistan. But disintegration is a very strong word. I do not think this words needs to be used. But I think they are trying to destabilize Pakistan at the moment so that it feels weak and economically has to go begging on its knees to Americans and ask for succor and help. And in that process they will want to expect certain concessions with regards to nuclear power and also with regards to setting up their facilities here in Pakistan.

Q:And the United States who wants to use Pakistan as a front against China, Iran and other countries in the region.

A:No, I do not think Pakistan can be [used for this purpose]. Even if Pakistan is very weak and is lost hypothetically, I do not think they will pluck out all the nuclear assets of Pakistan. It is not possible. I think the Americans should think twice before they attempt this because a frustrated Pakistan can do a lot of damage. But off course they have designs against Iran. They have designs against China. But, at the moment, I do not see Pakistan being used as a proxy for America against China or Iran for that matter.

Q:You talked about Blackwater. What role these contractors have been playing in the region? Mr. Aslan Beik said on a television interview in Pakistan that Blackwater has played a role in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Rafik Hariri in Lebanon.

A:I do not know about Aslan Beik’s statement but what I think is that Blackwater has a very bad record. They were operating in Iraq and they were guilty of many acts of misconduct and killings and rape and kidnapping and also pillage of property but this was settled at that time because I think North Carolina indicted them and they were banned. But now they have started operating under a new name, a new title of Xe Worldwide Services. So, as far as this issue is concerned, I think this comes out from some report from Seymour Hersh, the famous American journalist. He has supposed to have said that Dick Cheney’s agency Blackwater had something to do with the assasination of Benazir. So that is what I know.

Q:You earlier said that American is going to establish military bases in Peshawar and there was a hotel which was bombed in the city and it is said that the hotel was going to be used by the Americans as their base. Can you comment on that?

A:Yes, that is right, because initially they were trying to come in the days of Pervez Musharraf. I think he had entered into some kind of agreement for them to allow 750 people from Blackwater to claim Frontier Corps which is a paramilitary force operating on our border with Afghanistan. And they were to set up this in a fort in Peshawar. Then their presence was reported in this hotel. And this was bombed and it was commonly believed, although no official reports have ever come out, that two floors of that hotel had been occupied by Blackwater basically, I mean, this security contractor. But some people suggested that the marines were also there. It is possible that they were the special forces because, when we say marine, it formally becomes the Armed Forces of America. But the Special Forces are known to have been operating in this area for some time now and they were the ones who created probably some of the trouble in Swat valley where the Pakistani army is still engaged in operations.

Q:If you wanted to put it in one sentence, what is America’s long-term goal that it is seeking in Pakistan?

A:Well, long-term goal for America is that they want to keep Pakistan destabilized; perhaps create a way for Baluchistan as a separate state and then create problems for Iran so that this new state will talk about greater Baluchistan and, I think, a Baluch leader in London held a press conference and he talked a greater Baluchistan and he talked about the Kurd areas, he talked about Iranian Baluchistan and he talked about the Pakistani Baluchistan. So it appears that the long-term objectives are really to fragment all these countries to an extent that they can establish a strip that would be pro-America, pro-India, pro-Israel. So this seems to be their long-term objective apart from denuclearizing Pakistan and blocking Iran’s progress in the nuclear field.

How US and Israel Trying To Harness The Indo-Pak SubContinent

September 1, 2009 Leave a comment

By Joel Skousen
World Affairs Brief
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India and Pakistan are the focus of a lot of foreign policy attention in recent years–and for good reason: Both are rival nuclear powers as well as long-time client states of competing world powers Russia and China, respectively. However, during the last three decades the US has made extensive covert inroads–first into Pakistan–and then into India. Ultimately, I believe, US globalist leaders are attempting to take advantage of this second most populous area of the globe to create a future counter force to China’s growing hegemony. However, in the interim period Pakistan and India have been used to foment both state-sponsored terrorism and nuclear proliferation on behalf of CIA black operations. Bits and pieces of this story have began to emerge from the statements of retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul who was the head of Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence Agency from 1987 to 1989, the last two years of the CIA-managed, secret war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

General Gul obviously knows a lot about the CIA’s relationship with Osama bin Laden and other “former” US allies in the proxy war against the Soviets–perhaps too much. Whereas the US tells the story that Osama bin Laden turned against the US, Gul believes the covert mission of the CIA for bin Laden changed, creating a top secret group of private terrorists called al Qaeda that would be used to act as a catalyst for intervention and change in the New World Order.

Gul, for example, does not believe that al Qaeda pulled off the 9/11 attacks independent of the US, but that it was an “inside job.” Gul told Alex Jones in a December 2008 interview that “9/11 took place on the American soil, [and] not a single person has been caught inside America, even though for doing such a job I think [it would] require a huge amount of logistic support in the area where such operation is carried out.” He’s absolutely correct. The hijacked airliners alone were incapable of bringing down the two main WTC towers, let alone building 7 which symmetrically imploded even though never directly hit or structurally damaged by debris.

jetfueldeesJust to plant the amount of explosives in the various WTC buildings needed to bring them down at near free fall speed would require at least 50 explosives experts trained in high rise demolition work. Such work had to be planned and implemented with highly sophisticated electronic timers and the use of special thermite burning explosives to deal with the massive size of the vertical main steel columns–technology exclusive to the West. The WTC buildings were completely shut down for “maintenance” the weekend prior to the attack, something that had never been done before, and which was ordered by the building security people themselves–not Middle Eastern terrorists. I think that’s when the final explosives were planted. No small group of Middle Eastern terrorists could have gained that kind of official access to the highly secured buildings.

Because Gul believes 9/11 was an inside job, he has become the target of a major disinformation and smear campaign by the US. US officials have even induced India to accuse him of helping plan the Mumbai attacks. India is demanding his extradition on those charges. Pakistan says “show us the evidence” and we will try him in open court–but so far, no evidence.

It appears Gul knows enough secrets involving high ranking US and Pakistani officials to ensure his safety from extradition from Pakistan, but certainly not enough to keep the US from trying to paint him as a supporter of the Taliban and other terrorist organizations. That is why he is speaking out more openly now, not only to defend himself but to tell the truth before he gets killed.

Here are comments and excerpts from his various interviews. First, from the Foreign Policy Journal, Jeremy R. Hammond reports: “He has been called ‘the most dangerous man in Pakistan.’ and the U.S. government has accused him of supporting the Taliban, even recommending him to the United Nations Security Council for inclusion on the list of international terrorists. In an exclusive interview with Foreign Policy Journal, I asked the former ISI chief what his response was to these allegations.

“He replied, ‘Well, it’s laughable I would say, because I’ve worked with the CIA and I know they were never so bad as they are now’ [Gul correctly views his work with the CIA to destabilize the Russian occupation of Afghanistan as legitimate, but not the CIA’s subsequent use of terror to attack targets in the West]. He said this was ‘a pity for the American people’ since the CIA is supposed to act ‘as the eyes and ears’ of the country. As for the charge of him supporting the Taliban, ‘it is utterly baseless. I have no contact with the Taliban, nor with Osama bin Laden and his colleagues.’ He added, ‘I have no means, I have no way that I could support them, that I could help them.’

“After the Clinton administration’s failed attempt to assassinate Osama bin Laden in 1998, some U.S. officials alleged that bin Laden had been tipped off by someone in Pakistan to the fact that the U.S. was able to track his movements through his satellite phone. Counter-terrorism advisor to the National Security Council Richard Clarke said, ‘I have reason to believe that a retired head of the ISI [Gul] was able to pass information along to Al Qaeda that the attack was coming.’ When I put this charge to him, General Gul pointed out to me that he had retired from the ISI on June 1, 1989, and from the army in January, 1992 [and that this info from the CIA about the hunt for bin Laden could only have come to Gul through the ISI -which was still controlled by the CIA]. ‘Did you [the US] share this information with the ISI?’ he asked. ‘And why haven’t you [the US] taken the ISI to task for parting this information to its ex-head?’ [devastating argument, to which the US or ISI has no response]. The U.S. had not informed the Pakistan army chief, Jehangir Karamat, of its intentions, he said, so how could he have learned of the plan to be able to warn bin Laden?”

In fact, bin Laden, still working for the CIA to help organize the actual hijackers (none of which were the named hijackers), was tipped off, and the CIA picked Gul to take the rap as the fall guy, to divert attention away from the ISI and others.

“General Gul turned our conversation to the subject of 9/11 and the war on Afghanistan. ‘You know, my position is very clear,’ he said. ‘It’s a moral position that I have taken. And I say that America has launched this aggression without sufficient reasons [at least, not the stated reason]. They haven’t even proved the case that 9/11 was done by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.’ He argued that ‘There are many unanswered questions about 9/11,’ citing examples such as the failure to intercept any of the four planes after it had become clear that they had been hijacked. He questioned how Mohammed Atta [or Hani Hanjour], ‘who had had training on a light aircraft in Miami for six months’ could have maneuvered a jumbo jet ’so accurately’ to hit his target. He made reference to the flight that hit the Pentagon and the maneuver its pilot had performed, dropping thousands of feet while doing a near 360 degree turn before plowing into its target.

“‘And then, above all,’ he added, ‘why have no heads been rolled? The FBI, the CIA, the air traffic control —- why have they not been put to question, put to task?’ Describing the 9/11 Commission as a ‘cover up’, the general added, ‘I think the American people have been made fools of.’

“At this point in our discussion, General Gul explained how both the U.S. and United Kingdom stopped granting him an entry visa [which he views as contradictory to their attempts to get him extradited to India]. ‘If I’m a security risk [and charged with terrorism], then it is paradoxical that you should exclude me from your jurisdiction. You should rather nab me, interrogate me, haul me up, take me to the court, whatever you like [Good point. They want him tried in India where others can deal with rigging the evidence].

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“I turned to the war in Afghanistan, observing that the ostensible purpose for the war was to bring the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, to justice. And yet there were plans to overthrow the Taliban regime that predated 9/11. The FBI does not include the 9/11 attacks among the crimes for which bin Laden is wanted. After the war began, General Tommy Franks responded to a question about capturing him by saying, ‘We have not said that Osama bin Laden is a target of this effort.’ The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers, similarly said afterward, ‘Our goal has never been to get bin Laden [as Chris Floyd writes, “Does anyone believe that if Osama bin Laden was found tomorrow — dead or alive — the Terror War would suddenly stop? The Terror Warriors long ago gave up even the pretense that the war in Afghanistan is about ‘getting’ bin Laden].

“But what, I asked General Gul, in his view, were the true reasons for the invasion of Afghanistan, and why the U.S. is still there? First, he says, the U.S. wanted to ‘reach out to the Central Asian oilfields’ and ‘open the door there’, which ‘was a requirement of corporate America, because the Taliban had not complied with their desire to allow an oil and gas pipeline to pass through Afghanistan. UNOCAL is a case in point. They wanted to keep the Chinese out [who are desperately seeking more sources of oil]. They wanted to give a wider security shield to the state of Israel, and they wanted to include this region into that shield. And that’s why they were talking at that time very hotly about ‘greater Middle East’. They were redrawing the map.’ Second, the war ‘was to undo the Taliban regime because they had enforced Shariah’, or Islamic law, which, they would never approve.’ Third, it was ‘to go for Pakistan’s nuclear capability.’ This was the reason the U.S. ’signed this strategic deal with India, and this was brokered by Israel. So there is a nexus now between Washington, Tel Aviv, and New Delhi.’”

Gul doesn’t really understand the larger globalist agenda that involves creating the atmosphere of hatred for the US essential for a Third World War. Inflaming the Muslims against America was the basic underlying reason for everything done in this part of the war on terror. The oil and secure Israel were secondary, but important.

He’s quite wrong about the US out to kill Pakistan’s nuclear capability. The US was behind the Pakistani nuclear smuggling ring, and help Abdul Qadeer Kahn to smuggle nuclear plans and material not only to his home country but to other rogue nations the US wanted to set up for future conflict. Some of those smuggled nuclear plans apparently contained computational errors. The tactic was to get nations like North Korea and Iran deep into nuclear research, but slow them down in the production process. NK bypassed these disinformation errors with the help of the Chinese and Russian scientists, but Iran was the real target of these tainted nuclear designs, and still at risk of a US/Israeli attack.

But Gul is right about India now being part of the US globalist’s equation. Bringing India into the Western ring of control will yet come in handy for counterbalancing China’s hegemony in the next war. Most Americans don’t realize the extent in which India is controlled by Communists left over from the anti-colonial revolution. Despite India’s growing reputation as a high tech center, this is limited to Mumbai and a few other smaller centers. The vast majority of India is a seething caldron of potential unrest due to extreme poverty brought on my socialism and tight fisted control by corrupt provincial governments.

This particular interview did turn up some new information about the role of India in the cross border skirmish between Pakistan and the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Taliban have a lot of basing operations in Pakistan. “I turned the conversation towards the consequences of the war in Afghanistan on Pakistan, and the increased extremist militant activities within his own country’s borders, where the Pakistani government has been at war with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, or Pakistan Taliban). I observed that the TTP seemed well funded and supplied and asked Gul how the group obtains financing and arms. He responded without hesitation. ‘They are getting it from across the Durand line, from Afghanistan. And the Mossad is sitting there, RAW — the Indian intelligence agency — is sitting there they have the umbrella of the U.S.’

“‘And now they have created another organization which is called RAMA. It may be news to you that very soon this intelligence agency —- of course, they have decided to keep it covert —- but it is Research and Military Analysis Afghanistan. That’s the name. The Indians have helped create this organization, and its job is mainly to destabilize Pakistan.’” If this is true, it may indicate that the US has lost some control of Pakistan and the ISI and is now turning to India as its main surrogate in the area. Gul offers yet more evidence of the growing India connection.

“‘General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, former Deputy Minister of Defense of the Northern Alliance under Ahmad Shah Massoud and the Chief of Staff of the Afghan National Army since 2002 —- ‘whom I know very well,’ General Gul told me —- ‘had gone to India a few days back, and he has offered bases to India [in Afghanistan], five of them: three on the border, the eastern border with Pakistan, from Asadabad, Jalalabad, and Kandhar; one in Shindand, which is near Heart; and the fifth one is near Mazar-e Sharif. So these bases are being offered for a new game unfolding there.’ This is why, he asserted, the Indians, despite a shrinking economy, have continued to raise their defense budget, by 20 percent last year and an additional 34 percent this year.

“He also cited as evidence of these designs to destabilize Pakistan the U.S. Predator drone attacks in Waziristan, which have ‘angered the Pathan people of that tribal belt. And this state of anger is being fueled [The US always says that killing civilians at wedding parties is accidental and “collateral damage,” but it may not be]. It is that fire that has been lit, is being fueled, by the Indian intelligence from across the border.

“Turning the focus of our discussion to the Afghan drug problem, I noted that the U.S. mainstream corporate media routinely suggest that the Taliban is in control of the opium trade. However, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Anti-Government Elements (or AGEs), which include but are not limited to the Taliban, account for a relatively small percentage of the profits from the drug trade. Two of the U.S.’s own intelligence agencies, the CIA and the DIA, estimate that the Taliban receives about $70 million a year from the drugs trade. That may seem at first glance like a significant amount of money, but it’s only about two percent of the total estimated profits from the drug trade, a figure placed at $3.4 billion by the UNODC last year. Meanwhile, the U.S. has just announced its new strategy for combating the drug problem: placing drug traffickers with ties to insurgents —-and only drug lords with ties to insurgents —- on a list to be eliminated. The vast majority of drug lords, in other words, are explicitly excluded as targets under the new strategy. Or, to put it yet another way, the U.S. will be assisting to eliminate the competition for drug lords allied with occupying forces or the Afghan government and helping them to further corner the market. I pointed out to the former ISI chief that Afghan opium finds its way into Europe via Pakistan, via Iran and Turkey, and via the former Soviet republics.”

This last comment is quite correct. The US has its own drug pipelines controlled by black operations in the CIA and DEA in Mexico and Panama etc. Drug wars are fought not against the CIA’s own drug lords but the constant stream of competitors rising to get in on the action.

“According to the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, convoys under General Rashid Dostum — who was reappointed last month to his government position as Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Afghan National Army by President Hamid Karzai — would truck the drugs over the border. And President Karzai’s own brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, has been accused of being a major drug lord. So I asked General Gul who was really responsible for the Afghan drug trade.

“‘Now, let me give you the history of the drug trade in Afghanistan,’ his answer began. ‘Before the Taliban stepped into it, in 1994 —- in fact, before they captured Kabul in September 1996 —- the drugs, the opium production volume was 4,500 tons a year. Then gradually the Taliban came down hard upon the poppy growing. It was reduced to around 50 tons in the last year of the Taliban. That was the year 2001. Nearly 50 tons of opium produced. 50. Five-zero tons. Now last year the volume was at 6,200 tons. That means it has really gone one and a half times more than it used to be before the Taliban era.’

“General Gul named the brother of President Karzai, Abdul Wali Karzai. ‘Abdul Wali Karzai is the biggest drug baron of Afghanistan,’ he stated bluntly. He added that the drug lords are also involved in arms trafficking, which is ‘a flourishing trade’ in Afghanistan. ‘But what is most disturbing from my point of view is that the military aircraft, American military aircraft are also being used [this was also true in Vietnam and in Central America during the Iran-Contra drug hauling scandals]. You said very rightly that the drug routes are northward through the Central Asia republics and through some of the Russian territory, and then into Europe and beyond. But some of it is going directly. That is by the military aircraft. I have so many times in my interviews said, ”Please listen to this information, because I am an aware person.” We have Afghans still in Pakistan, and they sometimes contact and pass on the stories to me. So they are saying that the American military aircraft are being used for this purpose. So, if that is true, it is very, very disturbing indeed.’” Indeed, but not surprising if you know the history of US covert drug operations.

Rediff News Bureau did a comprehensive piece called, Hamid Gul: The man who knows too much In a follow-up to the Mumbai attacks, “the United States is reportedly using its unmatched diplomatic clout to get the United Nations to brand four people as terrorists. And, surprise, surprise, all the four have links to Pakistan’s dreaded spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate. One of them, is retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul. From instigating violence in Kashmir to warning Osama bin Laden of an impending US missile strike to former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination [Gul says this was a US black operation because she turned against the CIA. “No, Benazir was not killed by any of the terrorists. She was removed by the Americans, because she had violated her agreement.

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“Why does Gul matter to India? Gul is credited with being the brain behind Pakistan’s proxy wars with India, first in the Punjab, and then in Kashmir. He is referred to as a godfather of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayiba, which India believes carried out 26/11 and numerous other terror attacks in India. According to counter-terrorism expert B Raman, Gul told Benazir Bhutto when she became prime minister: ‘Madam, keeping Punjab destabilized is equivalent to the Pakistan army having an extra division at no cost to the taxpayers.’

“The Washington Post reported earlier this week in the 26/11 aftermath, Gul is among the people that India wants Pakistan to hand over. The never-short-of-a-harsh-retort general dismissed the latest allegations in conversation with The Washington Post: ‘They (India) are saying these boys were village boys trained to be killers. How can this be believed? Village boys don’t know anything about a 5-star hotel. They would not know how to use the toilet.’

“Why does he matter to the US? Gul is also called the godfather of the Taliban. He denies that charge too. He told rediff.com’s Sheela Bhatt in an earlier interview: ‘You can’t create the Taliban, it was a spontaneous body.’ He said he ‘didn’t create the Taliban. I was a friend of (Gulbuddin) Hekmatyar, (Burhanuddin) Rabbani and many Northern Alliance leaders like (assassinated Northern Alliance leader) Ahmed Shah Masood. I was trying to broker peace between them in my individual capacity. They are wonderful people but very difficult to deal with.’ In August 2003, Gul was quoted as saying, ‘The Muslim world must stand united to confront the US in its so-called war against terror which is in reality a war against Muslims.”

He was only partly right. It was and is a war on Muslim people, but not to destroy them–only to fire them up with eternal hatred toward America just as US interventions in the Balkins, destroying civilian infrastructure, inflamed the Slavic people’s against the US. All of this feeds Russia’s future justification to attack the US someday as the “bully of the world.”

Finally, Wayne Madsen of the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) documents some of the CIA collusion with Al Qaeda financiers and attack planners. The concept that the CIA still runs al Qaeda at the top levels (something underlings and low level terrorist actors don’t realize) is essential to your understanding of how the US keeps the war on terrorism alive for political change purposes.

“WMR has learned from an intelligence source from a NATO country that elements of the CIA have coordinated their activities with top Gulf state officials who have been connected to al Qaeda networks that have planned and financed various terrorist attacks. A number of the Al Qaeda associated officials are veterans of the CIA’s war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, including a top prince of the Al Thani royal family of Qatar who also serves as a government minister… The prince maintains contact with Al Qaeda’s financial network through contacts in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The regional security officer for the British embassy in Dubai, believed to be an MI-6 official cover, maintains contact with the Qatari prince and his Jihadist financial and logistics network in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

“Another individual with whom the CIA in the UAE maintains close contact is Osama Bin Laden’s former financial adviser, a British-Mozambican UK citizen, who once lived in Bin Laden’s home in Saudi Arabia where the Al Qaeda leader received various diplomats from countries that included Britain and the United States. A cousin of Bin Laden’s financial adviser served at the British Consulate General in Chicago, from which financial support was given to Al Qaeda operatives in the United States. Chicago FBI agents Robert Wright and John Vincent began investigating the Al Qaeda money trail links between Chicago area terrorist cells and Bin Laden after the East Africa U.S. embassy bombings in 1998. However, their investigation was spiked by FBI headquarters in Washington.

“Another FBI agent who was getting close to the connections between Al Qaeda, the Saudi government, and the CIA and MI-6 was John P. O’Neill, the top FBI agent assigned to investigate Al Qaeda. O’Neill discovered the Western intelligence and Saudi/Gulf connections to Al Qaeda but was subjected to a pre-retirement theft of his briefcase that contained classified documents on his investigation. After his stormy retirement from the FBI, O’Neill was hired by Kroll Associates as the head of security for the World Trade Center and after only a day or two on the job, died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

“According to a French DGSE highly classified intelligence document received by WMR, Bin Laden remained under the operational control of the CIA and Britain’s MI-6 until 1995. In July 2001, just weeks before the 9/11 attacks, French media reported that Bin Laden was visited at the American Hospital in Dubai by Larry Mitchell, the CIA’s station chief in Dubai. Bin Laden maintained accounts at Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), associated with various CIA operations in the years of the Mujaheddin war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. With the knowledge and approval of the CIA, those accounts shifted to other banks after the collapse of BCCI in 1991. Mossad and Middle East banking sources have told WMR that those banks include Citigroup, the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, and HSBC.”‘

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Israel planned Iran strike during unrest: Report

August 12, 2009 Leave a comment
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Israel reportedly had plans to attack Iranian nuclear facilities during the post-vote turmoil in the country.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran.

As Iran was grappling with the post-election unrest, Israel was reportedly preparing to strike the country’s nuclear facilities, a US diplomatic source says.

According to the US diplomat who is based in Jerusalem (al Quds), Israel asked the US administration for a green light to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and its other vital structures in the aftermath of the country’s post-election turmoil.

The call for the military strike came after the official announcement of the poll result in Iran prompted widespread protests across the country as opposition supporters took to the streets to protest “fraud” in the June 12 election.

Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida cited the diplomatic source as saying that the request was put forward by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, bearing President Shimon Peres’s signature as well.

The administration of President Barack Obama, however, did not take any notice of the Israeli request and consequently the operation was called off.

Tel Aviv put forward the request as it accuses Tehran — a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) — of pursuing a nuclear program with military objectives and argues that the use of military force is a legitimate option in halting Iran’s nuclear progress.

Iran denies the Israeli claim, insisting that its nuclear enrichment program is solely directed at the civilian applications of the technology.

The US intelligence community, which issued a new assessment on Iran’s nuclear activities on Friday, believes that a political decision is yet to be made in Iran for building a nuclear bomb.

The review by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research also contends that despite Iran’s progress toward producing enriched uranium, Tehran will not be technically capable of producing weapons-grade material before 2013.